Principal Jenny Williams with 2016 Artist in Residence, Michel Tuffery and Head of Visual Arts, John Denton

'Lost & Found' opens to public

What a superb opening last night for our Artist in Residence, Michel Tuffery and his exhibition 'Lost & Found'. The exhibition is a wonderful showcase of his print and bronze works exploring the decline of biodiversity in Aotearoa and the combined collaborative work of the students he taught during his residency.


“I’ve had an amazing time researching, teaching and collaborating with the talented tamariki, staff and wider school community as part of the residency. It’s been humbling to have been offered the opportunity to participate and I'm sending out a giant fa'afetai lava to all at Marsden School’, said Tuffery.

The environment and conservation have been a long standing narrative within Tuffery’s art practice.  Through his engagement Tuffery collaborated in various projects with students in response to the lost and found fauna and to our native birds of Aotearoa. “It was wonderful to have Michel run a collaborative workshop, as part of his Residency, for Year 6 – 8 students from seven different Primary Schools”, said John Denton, Head of Visual Arts at Marsden School. “The students involved thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the outcome of the morning was quite brilliant”. 


'Lost & Found' is on at the National Portrait Gallery until Sunday 3 July and don't miss the Marsden Showcase Concert at the gallery on Saturday between 1-2pm. 

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